Max Gao

Max specialises in government and administrative law, including judicial and merits review. He acts for a range of government bodies in litigation before various courts and tribunals, including as solicitor advocate.

Max commonly works on matters involving complex legislative regimes and highly sensitive material, and is responsible for the carriage and management of high volume litigation.

Prior to joining HWL Ebsworth, Max worked at Australian Government Solicitor as a Senior Lawyer. For his work, he was awarded the Attorney-General’s Department Australia Day Award in 2019 and 2021.


Max’s experience includes advising the:

  • Minister for Immigration in relation to the extensive immigration caseload, including numerous merits and judicial review proceedings in the Administative Appeals Tribunal, Federal Circuit and Family Court, Federal Court and High Court;
  • Tertiary Education and Quality Standards Agency in merits and judicial review proceedings in the Administative Appeals Tribunal and Federal Court;
  • NSW Commissioner of Police in reviews of decisions relating to firearms licence in NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal;
  • Commissioner of Patents and Registrar of Trade Marks in patent and trade mark disputes in the Administative Appeals Tribunal and the Federal Court; and
  • Australian Securities and Investments Commission in review of decisions to impose sanctions in the Administative Appeals Tribunal.

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